Excerpt: Instead of a big, wide open mountain, the challenges and races are presented in a similar fashion to the early SSX games. This simple approach works well on the handheld, though the actual way things are displayed leaves a lot to be desired. You simply pick whether you want to race or compete in a stunt challenge, select the course and event, and you're on your way.
Conclusion: It may be a small version of a PS2 game, but SSX On Tour is a fine entry in the PSP canon. We’re not quite down with the lingo but then we can’t remember the last time we saw snow, so that’s hardly surprising now is it?
Excerpt: The SSX series is one-of-a-kind, one part racing and one part extreme sports, all mixed with plenty of snow. One of the biggest series for the Playstation 2, it was only a matter of time before SSX boarded its way onto the PSP. Well, fanboys and fangirls, the prayers have been answered and the wait is over. Was it worth it? Yes! “SSX On Tour” brings the high-quality graphics, sounds, and gameplay we’ve come to expect from the franchise.
Excerpt: I was never the biggest SSX fan. Ever since its release on the PlayStation 2 in 2000, I've usually preferred the Xbox snowboarding title Amped over the SSX series. With this year's edition, On Tour, I was completely taken aback and I was even more surprised to find that EA Sports BIG was putting together a PSP version. After a lot of time with the game, I'm happy to have played it, and they've has made a fan out of me.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The biggest challenge faced when reinventing your brand is to not change so much as to disconnect from your previous customer base. Like Madonna, SSX on Tour seems more concerned about restyling its platinum coif than maintaining the appeal that attracted its fans in the first place. Unfortunately SSX On Tour has been changed and hacked so much that we can hardly recognise it.
Excerpt: Spillene til PSP bliver flottere i takt med at udviklerne bliver bedre til at udnytte den stærke hardwarekraft, som Sony har proppet ind i deres lille mediemaskine. SSX On Tour er et tydeligt bevis på at tingene går i den rigtige retning.